Eden Park ready for cricket

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

In­ter­na­tional cricket fans are set for a full sea­son of action at Eden Park.

New Zealand Cricket had raised con­cerns the park might not be suit­able for a twenty20 in­ter­na­tional this sea­son due to strict noise re­stric­tions im­posed dur­ing re­de­vel­op­ment of the South Stand.

But a match was con­firmed in the sched­ule re­leased last month, with the Black Caps lock­ing horns with the West Indies on Box­ing Day.

Auck­land Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Eade says he is de­lighted a com­pro­mise has been reached.

He says they won’t be “pip­ing mu­sic into the ground” like they nor­mally would dur­ing a twenty20 match, but are work­ing on other en­ter­tain­ment op­tions.

Eden Park will also host two one-day-in­ter­na­tion­als against the West Indies in Jan­uary and In­dia in March.

Mr Eade says Auck­land Cricket are also close to an agree­ment to see them based at Auck­land Uni­ver­sity’s Colin Maiden Park dur­ing the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 sea­sons. The park will be needed while the Eden Park Outer Oval is out of action dur­ing the lead up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

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